Analysis

Was the Boston Bombing Preventable?
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, leaves a closed-door briefing by intelligence agencies on the Boston Marathon bombing on Capitol Hill on April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 25, 2013
| Security
| Russia and Central Asia, The Americas
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Initial congressional inquiries into the Boston Marathon bombings have revealed that crucial information was not being shared among intelligence agencies and that Russia's warnings about one of the bombers were not acted upon, or were downplayed. It is too early to draw conclusions about what mistakes, if any, were made by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies. But the initial reports are cause for concern.
A central focus of congressional criticism this week has been whether the landmark intelligence reform legislation passed by Congress in 2004 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been effective in reducing barriers to intelligence sharing that may have contributed to the inability of U.S. intelligence agencies to stop the 9/11 attacks. Of significant concern are reports of a failure to share information related to the Boston Marathon bombers between the CIA and the FBI.
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